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Banded Leaf Monkey
Singapore
 

 
     
   

White-bellied Rat Snake
Singapore
 

 
     
   

Black Marsh Terrapin
Singapore
 

 
     
   

Buffy Fish Owl
Singapore
 

 
     
   

Lesser Sheath-tailed Bat
Peninsular Malaysia
 

 


 

With nearly 600 pages of wildlife on Ecology Asia you may be forgiven in thinking that this website presents a comprehensive summary of the amazingly diverse wildlife in Southeast Asia. Think again ... this figure probably comprises just 20% of the vertebrate species in the region. Thus I have barely scratched the surface. As an example, worldwide there are now 10,000 species of reptile formally described, and there are surely thousands more to be discovered, so the few hundred species on Ecology Asia is merely an introduction. I find this diversity truly staggering.

Unfortunately so much of Southeast Asia's wildlife is under threat from habitat loss, poaching, overconsumption and the wildlife trade. Add to that the threat of global warming - in 2014, CO2 is reckoned to have reached its highest level in recorded history - and one wonders what the future holds for our beleaguered planet. 

 
   
  

Last update : 30th October 2014
 

  
  Cambodia : More Than 3,000 Luxury Logs Found in Wildlife Sanctuary
  Malaysia : Going after the big-time wildlife smugglers
  Tragedy in the making for Malaysian wildlife S.M. Mohd Idris
  Interest in rhino horn drops in Vietnam
  Philippines : Trader in wildlife trafficking freed
  Will Cambodia Flood a Sacred and Biodiverse Valley for a Dubious Dam?
  Cambodia : Wildlife Cache Found in Chinese Chamber of Commerce Office
  Trading Indonesia痴 Debt for Sumatran Tigers, Rhinos, and Orangutans
  Wildlife network wants Malaysia to be on the alert for endangered turtles
  Intensive collection threatens peculiar Pig-nosed Turtle in Papua, Indonesia
  Helping orangutans survive: new project to connect habitat in Kalimantan (PART II)
  Marooned in shrinking forests, Bornean orangutans hang on as disaster looms (PART I)
  Despite high deforestation, Indonesia making progress on forests - Norwegian official
  Cambodia : Young Elephant Killed for Ivory in Mondolkiri
  Cambodia : Chinese Men Fined Then Freed Over Hoard of Rare Animals
     

(For links to older news articles, search the news links)

 


So what's new on my website ? My primate pages have been updated, and I definitely need to add more info on elusive carnivores ... but they are becoming harder and harder to find in what are increasingly being called 'empty forests', meaning forests where the wildlife has all but disappeared due to poaching. Sad but true.


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